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D.C. woman found guilty for social security fraud

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A woman plead guilty for receiving more than $66,000 in disability benefits for her son over a period of six years.

Woman pleads guilty to social security fraud.

Janet Bethea, 50, of D.C. was charged with defrauding the Social Security Administration, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. stated Monday in a news release.

Between 2002 and 2008, Bethea falsely said her son had a disability condition that prevented him from working or receiving benefits directly.

At the time, her son--who was over 18 years old--was working for a government agency. When her son moved out of the house several years later, Bethea continued to lie to the Social Security Administration. She collected $66,672 and used the money for her own expenses.

Machen scheduled sentencing in October. The charge carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Bethea has agreed to pay full restitution to the federal government.

 

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